portrait photography

Patiently Waiting by Kelly Kirlin

In a couple of weeks, my good friend will become a mother for the first time. A big congratulations to Alex and Sophie as they plunge into parenthood. Its incredible. In the past year I have come to fully understand the meaning of "motherhood". Boy has it been quite a learning curve! I have more respect for my mother because of it, and appreciate life in a way I never did before. There's no arguing that the miracle of creating life and giving birth is truly remarkable, however, so is the tremendous amount of work that it requires to be a mom. Especially if you are a working mom! Whoa. Nothing can quite prepare you for that. Here's to all the mom's out there - thank you for creating life, for nurturing life, and for being true family superhero's! We love you and may you have the most lovely mother's day of all this year....

Water Babies by Kelly Kirlin

For the past 4 months, I have had the pleasure of photographing babies and children underwater through Swim With Phyn, a swim school based in Goleta, California that teaches children of all ages to swim. Every 9 weeks marks the end of a "swimmester" and what better way to commemorate a swimmester than with an underwater portrait of your beautiful child? These children will never be like this in the water ever again. If I've learned anything from the short time that I have been a mom so far, its that these little bundles of joy grow faster than you can ever imagine! Its one thing when you hear this, but when you experience it first hand, its truly unreal. Here are 2 stunning images from our last shoot that capture these kids at a pivotal time in their young development. There will be another photo shoot at Swim With Phyn for the end of this current swimmester in May. To be a part of it, your kids must have been enrolled in at least 1 swimmester with Julie at some time - even if its not currently. Any inquires, please contact me!

An Old & Dear Friend.... by Kelly Kirlin


Recently, I was contacted by a very dear friend of mine to help her build up imagery for a new website and business venture. Meet Rikka Zimmerman! Rikka is a world renowned public speaker  helping people globally to have happier, healthier more vibrant lives through her Adventure In Oneness program. She also happens to be an incredibly talented signer and song writer! How lucky am I to be surrounded by talent like that? I was fortunate enough to spend the entire day with this lovely being working in the studio on new images for her website and on location at the beautiful Knapp's Castle in Santa Barbara, CA photographing the album cover to her newest CD available next year! Take a look at some of our work form the day!